Mangal- Pandey: facts,biography,history

Mangal Pandey is famous in Indian history as a freedom fighter who gave his life to free the country from the British raj. He played a key role in the revolt of 1857 also known a Sepoy mutiny of 1857.
mangal pandey
Mangal Pandey (1827-1857)

  • Mangal Pandey was born in a Hindu Brahmin family in Uttar Pradesh  on 19 July 1827.
  • He joined the east India company’s army as a Sepoy at an age 22. He was a soldier in the 6th Company of the 34th Bengal Native Infantry.
  • He started the revolt in Barrackpore near Kolkata on March 29, 1857 by attacking his British sergeant. He was arrested by the other sepoys.
  • He  was hanged till death on April 8, 1857. He is also remembered as a first martyr of Indian freedom movement.
  • He was a diligent follower of Hinduism. The reason behind the outburst of his anger  was a cartridge of a riffle( Enfield P-53 rifle). There was  a rumour that the cartridge was greased with fat of cow and pig (in Hindu religion the meat of cow is prohibited).
  • A movie ‘The Rising’ (2005) was made on the events of mangal pandey’s life. His picture was also depicted in a postal stamp by Indian government.

 Quick Facts about Mangal Pandey

Mangal Pandey
19 July 1827
Soldier of East india company’ army
Famous as:
Freedom fighter of indian freedom movement
Died on:
 April 8, 1857